Guidance Not for Patients Requesting Exemption Letters for Face Coverings
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government's recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is not requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practice are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Some people don't have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.
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NHS Fax Machine Phase Out
Please take note that as of March 31st 2020 the practice will no longer be able to accept or send Fax's, as part of the NHS's ban and phase out scheme of all Fax machines by April 2020.
From April, NHS organisations will be required to use modern communication methods, such as secure email, to improve patient safety and cyber security.
We Are Extending Our Boundaries
In order to allow patients increased choice of GP Surgery access; we have extended our boundaries to accept patients from Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Blackfordby, Moira and some parts of Overseal.
This is with the agreement and to support a neighbouring practice.
Welcome Dr Dawes
We would like to give Dr Dawes a warm welcome. He has now joined us on a permanent basis and will be working at the Medical Unit on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The Dispensary is now back open on Saturday Mornings
We have decided to reopen the Dispensary for prescription collection only on Saturday mornings. This is to help patients who may find it difficult to collect their prescriptions during the week. The Dispensary will be back open between 8:00am and 11:00am every Saturday.
Extended Access Appointments
You can now see a GP or other Healthcare professionals during:
- Weekday Mornings: 7.00am – 8.30am
- Weekday Evenings: 18.00pm – 22.00pm
- Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am – 16.00pm
These appointments will be available at the following locations:
- Loughborough Urgent Care Centre-Loughborough Community Hospital
- Coalville Community Hospital
- Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital
If you would like to know more please speak to a member of practice staff.
Social Prescribing Groups
Social prescribing is a way of linking our patients with groups and sources of support within our community. It provides a non-medical option that can work alongside existing treatments to improve health and well-being. For more information on our groups please click here
Breast Screening Missed Invitations
Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. This is because some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme. Please click here for more information.
Are you over 65? Unsteady on your feet? Worried about falling or would like to improve your balance?
Steady Steps is an free exercise programme to help develop strength and balance. The sessions are held at Measham Leisure Centre on Monday's 13:30-15:00pm and starts on February 12th 2018. If you miss the start date you can still join the course within the first six weeks. Sessions are for 1 hour and the course runs for 24 weeks.
Booking is essential - for more information and to book your place please contact Chris Mawbey on 01530 454785 or Christopher.Mawbey@nwleicestershire.gov.uk
Are you a carer seeking a listening ear? Would you like some information, advice or support? We have a local independent Care Advisor available at the Medical Unit. Please click here for information on clinic dates and times.
Self Care Campaign
Why are we asking you to buy ‘Over the Counter’ medicines for short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements and some infant formulas? Please click here for more information.
Waterside care is an initiative aimed at helping communities improve their local waterways (e.g. canals, brooks and rivers). Keep Britain Tidy is working in partnership with the Environmental Agency, Canal & River Trust and Severn Trent Water to set up Waterside Care groups in areas across the Midlands who then 'adopt' a local stretch of waterway.
For more information or if you would like to join the group please click here
First Contact Plus
First Contact Plus is an online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place.
The initiative allows residents who require help with one or a number of issues to access a catalogue of information, advice, help and support.
Information and resources on housing, health, living independently, money advice, work, security and other topics that assist the county’s residents can be found on this site.
First Contact Plus is delivered by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with GPs, the police, health organisations, voluntary groups and social care departments, district & borough councils who are helping adults across the county by working together to make access to services much easier.
For more information please visit: www.FirstContactPlus.org.uk
Would you like to discover Meetups for all the things you love to do? Or create your own Meetup?
Please visit www.meetup.com for more details.
Come and join our friendly walking groups! No need to pre-book, just turn up, everyone is welcome. Please click here for more details.
Stroke and Disability Club
Starting at Measham Library on Wednesday 11th January 1pm - 3pm. Click here for more details.
Named Accountable GP
All GP practices are required to allocate a named accountable GP for each patient. If you would like to know who your allocated GP is, please ask next time you ring or visit the surgery.
The allocation of a GP does not restrict you to that Doctor or limit access to any of our services.
Do you feel that you or your loved one need more support to remain as well as possible and to avoid the risk of getting into a crisis situation, which means you may result in being admitted to hospital urgently?
Working with you or your family member to produce a care plan can give you peace of mind and reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital, when it can probably be avoided.
Would you like to develop a care plan to help you or a loved one avoid a health crisis? For more information, please read the attached Care Plan Leaflet
See our CQC Inspection Report here